Saddest faces of World Cup fans

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Dreams are fragile at the World Cup, which only takes place every four years. In this gallery of photos, soccer fans deal with disappointment of global proportions.

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In Berlin, a weeping Portugal fan watches her side lose 1-0 to France in the semifinals. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Portuguese fans 2006
In Berlin, a weeping Portugal fan watches her side lose 1-0 to France in the semifinals. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Swedish fans console each other following their team's 2-0 defeat and exit from the competition in a round of 16 match against Germany. (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Swedes
Swedish fans console each other following their team's 2-0 defeat and exit from the competition in a round of 16 match against Germany. (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Watching from Sydney, Australia fans see their team crash out of the World Cup against Italy 1-0 in the round of 16. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
Aussie fans 2006
Watching from Sydney, Australia fans see their team crash out of the World Cup against Italy 1-0 in the round of 16. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
At a pub in New York City, fans watch the United States lose their first group match against the Czech Republic 3-0. (Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Pub fans
At a pub in New York City, fans watch the United States lose their first group match against the Czech Republic 3-0. (Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Poland fans look dejected after their team concede a second goal against Ecuador in group play. The match ended 2-0. (Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Polish fans
Poland fans look dejected after their team concede a second goal against Ecuador in group play. The match ended 2-0. (Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A committed Togo fan scans the heavens rather than watch his team lose 2-0 to Switzerland in Group G play. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Togo fan
A committed Togo fan scans the heavens rather than watch his team lose 2-0 to Switzerland in Group G play. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A U.S. fan contemplates the Americans' exit from the competition after a round of 16 loss to Ghana. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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A U.S. fan contemplates the Americans' exit from the competition after a round of 16 loss to Ghana. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Irish fans suffer the indignity of going out on penalties. Neither Spain nor the Republic of Ireland could score in extra time to end the 1-1 stalemate. Spain prevailed on penalties 3-2, earning a berth in the quarterfinals. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Ireland fans 2002
Irish fans suffer the indignity of going out on penalties. Neither Spain nor the Republic of Ireland could score in extra time to end the 1-1 stalemate. Spain prevailed on penalties 3-2, earning a berth in the quarterfinals. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Hosts South Africa won their last group match but it wasn't enough to get them to the next round. Their fans ponder what might have been. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
South Africa fans 2010
Hosts South Africa won their last group match but it wasn't enough to get them to the next round. Their fans ponder what might have been. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
French fans deal with defeat after their team's 1-0 loss to Senegal in Group A play. (Gary M Prior/Getty Images)
French fans 2002
French fans deal with defeat after their team's 1-0 loss to Senegal in Group A play. (Gary M Prior/Getty Images)
Italy fans are disappointed after their team only managed a draw with New Zealand in Group F play. (Claudio Villa/ Grazia Neri/Getty Images)
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Italy fans are disappointed after their team only managed a draw with New Zealand in Group F play. (Claudio Villa/ Grazia Neri/Getty Images)
Uruguay fans are stunned to see their team lose to the Netherlands 3-2. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Uruguay fans
Uruguay fans are stunned to see their team lose to the Netherlands 3-2. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
A Germany fan realizes that the final against Italy is out of reach. Germany lost 2-0 in extra time. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
German Fan 2006
A Germany fan realizes that the final against Italy is out of reach. Germany lost 2-0 in extra time. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
A South Korean fan rests on his drum following a semifinal loss to Germany. The score was 1-0. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Korean fan
A South Korean fan rests on his drum following a semifinal loss to Germany. The score was 1-0. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Dutch fans in Amsterdam can't believe that their team the Netherlands just lost to Spain in the final. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Dutch fans
Dutch fans in Amsterdam can't believe that their team the Netherlands just lost to Spain in the final. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
A fan reacts emotionally after England's 4-1 loss to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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A fan reacts emotionally after England's 4-1 loss to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
An American proudly displays the flag in spite of her country's 2-1 loss to Ghana in the round of 16. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
American female fan
An American proudly displays the flag in spite of her country's 2-1 loss to Ghana in the round of 16. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A Brazil fan wipes away a tear after her team loses a quarterfinal match to the Netherlands 2-1. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Brazil female fan
A Brazil fan wipes away a tear after her team loses a quarterfinal match to the Netherlands 2-1. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
During a live public viewing in Berlin of the final match, a German fan can't bear to watch his team lose to Spain 1-0. (Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
German Fan
During a live public viewing in Berlin of the final match, a German fan can't bear to watch his team lose to Spain 1-0. (Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
A dejected Argentina fan reacts after his team is knocked out of the competition at the quarterfinals stage. Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Argentina fan
A dejected Argentina fan reacts after his team is knocked out of the competition at the quarterfinals stage. Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
On a street in Cape Town, South Africa, fans of England lament a 0-0 draw with Algeria during the 2010 World Cup. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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On a street in Cape Town, South Africa, fans of England lament a 0-0 draw with Algeria during the 2010 World Cup. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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